Minnesota State Workforce Plan
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) empowers the GWDB, state and local elected officials and private-sector-led workforce boards with the responsibility of developing a strategic, integrated plan that supports economic growth and labor force needs intended to grow the capacity and performance of the state’s workforce development system.
Reflecting workforce development discussions and planning at the local, regional, and state level and as required by WIOA, in March 2016, Minnesota submitted a State Combined Plan to the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education. In late October 2016, the U. S. Departments of Labor and Education approved Minnesota’s plan.
Additional information about the State Plan can be found on the DEED website.
VISION OF THE STATE PLAN
To have a healthy economy where all Minnesotans have – or are on a path to – meaningful employment and a family sustaining wage, and where all employers are able to fill jobs in demand.
GOALS OF THE STATE PLAN
- To reduce educational and employment disparities based on race or disability to provide greater opportunity for all Minnesotans.
- To build employer-led industry sector partnerships focused on better understanding of the skills that employers need and connecting skilled workers to those opportunities.
STRATEGIES OF THE STATE PLAN
The most effective method to achieve these goals is to strategically build on the state’s robust Career Pathway System and align it with the purposes of WIOA and the needs of Minnesota’s businesses and workforce.
The six key strategies are:
- Business engagement
- Community engagement
- Customer-centered design
- Funding and resources
- Policy and system alignment
- System management